Frequently Asked Questions
Got a question about May’s Tour de Broads Spring event? Hopefully you should find the answer on this page somewhere, if not then send us your question using the form at the foot of the page and we will get back to you.
What are the start times?
The start times will be staggered to alleviate traffic congestion, with participants being set off in small groups at regular intervals.
|Distance||Wave Start Time|
|100 mile:||08:00 – 09:00|
|75 mile:||08:30 – 09:30|
|50 mile:||09:00 – 10:00|
|25 mile:||09:30 – 10:30|
|Family ride:||11:00 – 13:00|
The event village will be open from 7:30am until 6:00pm
What do I need to bring?
- Your bike (with your rider number attached to the front).
- Helmet and spares (see our survival guide for tips)
- Wristband (from your rider pack) – you will need to show this to get the correct finisher’s medal (and lunch for the 75 & 100 milers). Please add your emergency contact details in the box provided.
- Cash (optional). There will be opportunities to purchase additional food and drink at some of the drink stops and also at the event village.
Are there any restrictions on the type of bike we can ride?
There are no restrictions as long as the bike is roadworthy with brakes in good working condition and with bar end plugs. We ask that you ride responsibly, safely and with respect to other riders and road users. For example, please refrain from using aerobars when riding in group.
Can I bring my Tag-Along?
Tag-alongs are allowed at the Tour de Broads events
Are timing chips issued?
The Tour de Broads events are non-competitive, fun and social events, so riders will not be timed.
How do I collect my rider number and pack?
Your rider number and distance wristband can be collected at the venue on the day (from 7am) or from any Pedal Revolution store up until the day before the event. Just bring your confirmation email with us to help us find your entry. Your confirmation email should contain a link to download your rider information pack.
I’ve signed up to The Tour de Broads Spring event but have not received my confirmation email?
Your confirmation email should have been automatically sent to you after you signed up for the event. If you have a Hotmail, Gmail or BT Internet mail account, your email may have ended up in your spam or junk folders, so please check these. If the email still cannot be located, contact us confirming your email address and we will resend you the email.
Is there an age limit?
There is no age limit although we ask that those under 16 are accompanied by an adult rider for the duration of the ride.
Where is the Start / Finish?
The event village and start/finish line this year will be at The Sealife Gardens, Marine Parade, Gt Yarmouth, NR30 3AH
What facilities are available at the event village?
Our venue is completely self-contained with all facilities onsite including:
- Mobile mechanic and broom wagon
- Food and Drink stands
- Sports Massage (charity donation requested)
- Pre-ride mechanical support
Where can I park?
Your downloadable rider pack includes a FREE parking pass to use in one of Great Yarmouth’s participating pay & display car parks. You will need to print the pass and display it in the windscreen of your car to benefit for free all-day parking. Parking is only available at North Drive (NR30 1ED), Beach Coach Station (NR30 1EN) and St Nicholas Road (NR30 3JP). Full details on car parking can be found in your downloadable rider information pack.
IMPORTANT: Please be aware if using roof-top bike rack, there may be height restrictions at the entrance of some car parks
Can I sign up on the day?
Yes, as long as the event hasn’t sold out. On arrival, please head towards the registration tent. Please note, we will only be able to accept cash entries on the day.
Can I upgrade or downgrade on the day?
You do not have to complete the full distance you have entered, but you will not be entitled to refund if you choose not to complete the distance. We may be able to issue you with the relevant medal assuming that there are spares on the day. If you feel you would like to complete a longer distance, please contact our registration team on the day who will swap your wristband to ensure you receive the relevant medal and lunch. There will be a cash charge to upgrade.
Can I download a .GPX route?
We will publish links to a downloadable gpx file nearer to the event. You are welcome to upload these to your bike computers but please follow the official Tour de Broads road signage on the day as routes may be subject to unforeseen last minute changes.
What will be provided at the drink/feed stops?
Water to refill your bidons will be available at all drink stops. There will be an opportunity to buy hot drinks and cake at the drink stops that are run by our charity teams.
A complimentary meal-deal style lunch with sandwich (meat or vegetarian option), banana, crisps and cake will be provided at the 50 mile point for the 100 and 75 mile riders. Please present your wristband to claim your lunch.
I have special dietry needs, can you cater for this?
If you follow a lactose-free, vegan or gluten-free diet, or have any food allergies, please contact us (using the any further questions form at the foot of this page) so we can ensure a suitable lunch is provided for you.
Is there a cut off?
There are no official cut off times although the event village will be closed down and packed away by 6pm.
What happens if I get a mechanical issue during the ride?
We would encourage all participants to be able to replace or repair a punctured inner tube (or at least ride in a group with another rider who can do it for you), it will be your responsibility to equip your bike with the necessary spares and tools to do this. There will be a mobile mechanic available if you have any issues that you cannot resolve. Any spares used by the mobile mechanic are chargeable. The mobile mechanic can be requested by calling the SOS contact number displayed on your rider number.
What happens at the end?
Upon completing your ride, pass through the finishing line and head to the awards tent where all riders with a wristband and rider number will receive an exclusive Tour de Broads commemorative medal corresponding to the distance they have entered and a voucher for chips or ice cream. Please stay a while, savour the moment and join us in welcoming home your fellow riders.
Will event photos be available?
Event photography is provided by Julian Claxton Photography. Photographers will be positioned at the start and finish line and at certain points on the course. Links to view and purchase event photographs will be made available on the website and on our social media outlets following the event.